Van Gosse lives in Manhattan and is an Associate Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the early 1980s, while attending Columbia University, he wrote for the Village Voice and other publications about music, and was a club DJ. Earlier, he played guitar in a group called Crowd, which had the dubious distinction of being called "Pennsylvania’s first New Wave band".
CoC National Conference endorser
In 1992 Van Gosse, national board CISPES, Wellesley Massachusetts, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.
In the mid 1990s Van Gosse wasa contributing editor to Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.
Gosse has been activein antiwar and solidarity politics since 1982, with CISPES-Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice and Historians Against the War.